While IBM’s the primary cloud message over the last few years has been about multi-cloud and it continues to offer its own public cloud and you’ve targeted it to complex workloads that typically run on mainframes or other systems. Among the sparkling message coming out IBM Think this week is preview of IBM Cloud Satellitethat will be available soon beta. It is intended as an extension of IBM Public Cloud that can run inside the customer’s data center or on the edge.
Like IBM’s other hybrid cloud offerings, IBM Cloud Satellite runs on Red Hat OpenShift, Kubernetes. It works by adding the mechanism for a location that means an instance of IBM Public Cloud outside of IBM’s data centers. Each satellite location has a set of hosts running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that can operate on any commodity hardware or on a IBM Cloud Pak System it is a self-contained, contracted, private cloud-packed hardware / software offering.
They are connected via link, a dedicated connection to IBM Cloud that provides the administrative control plan. It provides control, packet capture and visibility to the security team, while a configuration tool provides a global overview of applications and services running on satellite. A service network, using Istio, is used to connect services that run across different clusters across locations.
IBM Cloud Satellite differs Cloud Paks in that they are not pre-configured Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) standalone services that run services such as data, API integration, and applications designed for cloud independence. Instead, IBM Cloud Satellite specifically expands IBM Public Cloud with a generalized Infrastructure-as-a-Service environment while providing access to IBM Public Cloud Services such as Red Hat OpenShift. IBM Cloud Databases. Continuous supply pipelines. AI, and other. It also joins a portfolio that includes OpenShift, both as a software framework available from Red Hat and as a managed public cloud service run by Red Hat on AWS or Google Cloud.
Over the past 18 months, virtually all cloud and IT infrastructure providers have introduced hybrid cloud platforms that meet the needs of organizations requiring the operational simplicity of the cloud control plan for scenarios where either internal policy or external regulatory mandate precludes the use of a public cloud. IBM positions the satellite offering, both as an extension of the IBM Public Cloud for workloads that must run within the customer’s walls, or for workloads that the customer eventually wants to switch to the public cloud. It’s in preview now.